The process of forcing land owners to sell their sites so they can be built on for the East Street redevelopment in Farnham has begun.
Waverley borough councillors decided on November 29 th 2011 to press ahead with attempted compulsory purchase orders (CPO) needed to see through the large retail, leisure and housing project for the town.
In 2009 the council granted planning permission for the mixed use development and in November the executive agreed to commence informal discussions with the Department for Communities and Local Government on the requirements for compulsory purchase orders.
It was also agreed to welcome the progress of East Street developers Crest Nicholson and Sainsbury’s in securing potential tenants for the site.
The council owns the majority of the land and buildings comprised within the site, however, the principal sites to be acquired compulsorily are two parcels of land in private ownership including the former Regal Cinema and the Marlborough Head pub.
The East Street development will see 239 new homes, 25 shops, restaurants and cafés, a multi-storey car park and a 722-seat cinema being built in the town centre.
A council report said: “It is considered that carrying out the East Street development scheme will realise the council’s long-standing and established policy objective of regenerating the East Street area of Farnham.
“Preparation for a CPO is required to facilitate the development, redevelopment and improvement of the East Street area.”
Source – Surrey Advertiser 2/12/11